The Gear Junkie Profiles Seven Summiteer


The Gear Junkie has posted a story today about Troy Aupperle, an American climber who has successfully climbed each of the Seven Summits. He shares a few stories from his adventures, including hiding in the back of a 4×4 to get a crack at Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, while taking the opportunity to plug his nutritional philosophy that he claims helped to get him to the top of all of those mountains.

When he began his quest to scale the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, Aupperle hoped to set a new record for shortest time to complete those climbs. That didn’t happen, but he still managed to knock off each of the mountains in just two years time, which is plenty fast and ambitious in my mind. In the process, he spent roughly $150,000 realizing his goal.

But for the 44-year old business man this was just another opportunity to promote his products, which in this case, are a series of enzyme nutritional supplements that he swears helped him increase his energy and conditioning. Aupperle thinks that other mountaineers and athletes can see performance gains from his example as well. He also credits a number of other supplements for helping him be successful in the mountains, such as antioxidant products, probiotic bacteria, and medicinal silver.

As someone who works out regularly and tries to stay fit, reading about the nutritional habits can be interesting and useful at times. But in this case, I would have preferred more of the story focus on the Seven Summits and Aupperle’s experiences there. The story of being smuggled into Carstensz Pyramid is the stuff of high adventure, and I would like to hear more about that, rather than the pills he was popping on summit day. Still, I thought some might find his story interesting and possibly helpful. Anyone else use enzymes and other supplements to improve their performance at altitude?

7 thoughts on “The Gear Junkie Profiles Seven Summiteer”

  1. Supplied oxygen is a fake climb. Disgusting. Fake. Self-deceptive. Photos with the mask on, absurd and humorous.

    More honor in not climbing beyond point X, then doing this with Supplied Oxygen.

    Climbers are some of the most dishonest people there are.

  2. Clyde: I have to agree. Not sure why the Gear Junkie wrote so much about the nutritional stuff, without a lot of details, and so little about the climbs itself.

    o9: I have to disagree with you though. Using oxygen is a perfectly legitimate way to climb a big peak. You may choose to go with out 02, and that's fine, but it doesn't diminish the accomplishment of those who do.

  3. A J,

    using supplied oxygen is like using a propeller to aid your movement, or, using a rope for your hands to climb along a route that doesn't need a rope, like a 0-30 degree route where no rope is need

    when you use artificial oxygen, your climb has less to do with the mountain and mountain environment.

  4. and like injecting your self with extra blood before summit attempt.

    it's, period, an external substance used to dope your body for extra ability.

    shoes, food, water, clothing, protection, radio, etct, are enough for external additives.

    or, why stop at added Oxygen. why not build a paved, nice ramp to the summit. same in nature as supplied artificial oxygen.

    climbers are maybe more than most sportspeople very very very dishonest

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